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Up All Night: NBC Cuts Sitcom Episodes

up all nightFollowing the surprising departure of Christina Applegate, NBC has decided to reduce their episode order for low-rated sitcom Up All Night.

Months ago, the network announced their plan to try to save the TV series by converting it from a single-camera comedy to a multi-camera traditional sitcom. Work had been going on behind the scenes to make this transition when Applegate quit.

There were five episodes left to shoot in this season but, now that they’ve lost one of their stars, the network has decided to cut that down to one episode. It will shoot on Friday and be helmed by master sitcom director James Burrows. The network will use the episode as a pilot of sorts to help them determine if Up All Night will continue.

Meanwhile, co-stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph are getting offers to star in new pilots. There’s still no word on if Applegate’s role will be recast or if the show would go on without her character.

What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing the multi-camera episode? If NBC wants to continue with the show, how should Applegate’s departure be handled?

 

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PATT February 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I LOVE THIS SHOW.

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Adam Decker February 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Didn’t think that the show was that bad, but I’m not sure that it has much of a future. I say they should end it and I hope that the other actors doing pilots get new jobs.

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Ross February 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love this show but good on Christina Applegate for having the guts to walk away from a project she could tell wasn’t going to be the same. I admire her for having the integrity to not continue working on something she knows isn’t right.

I will be sad but I really hope NBC just cancels the show and it’s done and dusted. It was a great show but I think it will be reckless to re-cast or try to overcome a lead stars departure.

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Mayara February 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I will never forgive Applegate for leaving.
I loved this show so much and now I can’t see a good future for it. But hey, fingers crossed over here.

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Jeremy Rynek February 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

It’s gone, it’s all but written in stone.

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